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Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown - Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Frangelic Mountain BrownFounders Frangelic Mountain Brown

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1,158 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,158
Reviews: 300
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 14.07%
Wants: 59
Gots: 293 | FT: 23
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bashiba on 03-18-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of biga7346
3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an oversized CBS snifter.

A - Turbid brown, caramel, soapy lacing and a thin white head of foam.

N - Burnt toast, charcoal, cocoa nibs, chocolate covered coffee beans; overly cloying in the roasty, burnt, and hazelnut notes; dark roasted coffee, rum bread, booziness, vanilla bean and some bourbon, smells a little (or a lot) like hazelnut liqueur if there is such a thing.

T/M - Hazelnut iced coffee, some port or even cognac, more fudginess; the roastiness sticks firmly in the back of the palate, grainy texture, milky notes, candied peanuts, raisins.

D - Not Founders best, but probably the tastiest coffee-themed beer I've had.

Photo of MaineMike
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of angrybabboon
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 8/18/12

Appearance: Well, it's brown, perhaps even a mountain brown - mostly clear - somewhat average-sized, light tan head, leaves lots of spots of lacing

Smell: Hazelnuts! Plenty of hazelnuts - milk and dark chocolate, with some sweetness - the first thing that came to my mind is Ferrero Rocher (candy) - lightly toasted, lightly roasted, with some caramel - nutty and sweet

Taste: Roasty and sweet with hazelnuts everywhere - hazelnut coffee, milk chocolate, dark chocolate - some roasty bitterness, but mild overall - nutty and sweet, tasty overall but kind of reminds me of watered down hazelnut coffee

Mouthfeel: Unexpectedly light, yet creamy - roasty and dry, nicely carbonated

Overall: Good, not fantastic

If you don't like hazelnuts, prepare to hate this beer. If you love hazelnut coffee, you might like this beer. It has a lot of good flavors, but it's not particularly powerful. Worth a try, if you can find it.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Super dark brown. Deep red at edges. Relatively clear. Head is light tan, chunky, creamy. Wispy cap with a chunky collar.

Smell: Hazelnuts, hazelnut liqueur, hazelnut extract. Did I mention it smells like hazelnuts. Roasted malts, caramel malt sweetness, hazelnut candy. Cooked malts. Nutty. Mild touch of chocolate. Old coffee.

Taste: Sweet hazelnut candy. Wrapped in chocolate. Coffee beans. Sweet hazelnut syrup. Mild roasted edges. Sweet caramel malts. Dark brown bread crust. Blast of hazelnut followed by a solid malt backbone. Clean finish. Hazelnut iced coffee.

Mouthfeel: Relatively light, but doesn't quite fall that far. Carbonation is light. Smooth and clean.

Overall: If you like hazelnuts, this is the beer for you. Intense hazelnuts everywhere. It would be tough to finish a whole bottle. Aggressively over the top.

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of vobr0002
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of cbutova
3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark red brown pint glass pour with a light tan head. Head is about two fingers in size and retains decently. Nice bubbly ring and several lace spots but not many.

S- Hazlenut flavor BOOM. Hazlenut and coffee just fills the nostrils entirely without remorse. Smells tasty but it seems a bit over the top. Tiny bit of dark fruit with warming.

T- Coffee, grounds and Hazlenut machine. One could probably mistake this for a morning beverage. Brown Ale elements include slight nutty malts, caramel and dark fruits.

MF- Moderately thick body that is neither creamy or watery, right in the middle and somewhat silky. Carbonation is lower but adequate to support the flavors.

Not much to say about it besides the Hazlenut explosion. Coffee bomb to say the least.

Photo of Yallnumbskulls
2.75/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of doucmehu
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of BeerHunter76
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of thewimperoo
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of diverite
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of ryanpj
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of FosterJM
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1455th Review on BA
Bottle to Founders Snifter

2012 Bottle
Thanks to Mrebeka for this one

App- A lighter brown with an even lighter center. A nice whipped egg white head with good cling. A good amount of clarity in the glass which I wasn't expecting. Looks very nice in the glass.

Smell- It's very one dimensional to me. I gave it a good minute and could really only come up with a few things in the nose. Of course the hazelnut, coffee and some creme. Not much else.

Taste- It's a good brown ale base on which to start and then you add the addition of the hazelnut and its a whole different beast. It's flavorful and layered but just misses the mark of being great. Needs more depth and balance to make it pop.

Mouth- A lighter body with a certain grainy nutty flavor that keeps this from higher marks. The carbonation is pretty spot on though.

Drink- I traded for this one for the wife and it just wasnt for her. Needed more behind it and was pretty tasty, but you could feel the grainyness.

Photo of Kromes
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear dark brown color with an off-white head that leaves lacing down the glass. Hazelnut, chocolate, coffee, and toasted malt aromas. A strong hazelnut coffee flavor mixed with a little milk chocolate and a sweet toasted malt flavor. There is an additional sweetness to the beer...almost a pure simple syrup taste to it. Makes it very close to cloying as it is very sweet. The mouthfeel is light and smooth with a touch of bitter tang in the finish from the roasting. I don't detect any alcohol flavor which makes it dangerous at 9% ABV.

Photo of IPAFrankieH
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of bradcochran1234
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of alwaysanswerb
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of claytong
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of TrickkyGangsta
5/5  rDev +25.6%

Photo of MasterSki
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Chris for the share. Served in an Eclipse tulip.

A - White foam settles to a thin ring, with a few specks of lace. Dark brown body, with some semi-transparency to it.

S - Lots of hazelnut and coffee, with some brown ale notes. Just a lot of nuts, coffee, and a hint of chocolate. Potent and delicious.

T - Nice coffee, biscotti, hazelnuts, milk chocolate. Reminds me of coffee crisp. Not quite as nice as the aroma, but quite good nonetheless.

M - Smooth texture, medium body, dry finish, pleasant carbonation. Perhaps a bit light for 9%, but otherwise pretty solid for the style.

D - Really easy to drink for 9% - would never have guessed there was that much booze in here. Not sure why there's hate on this one, as it's a really excellent brown ale that delivers exactly what it promises.

Photo of largadeer
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appropriately dark brown with a thin off-white head that retains well.

Smells like hazelnuts, toast, cream, and more hazelnuts. There's a bit of coffee, too, but hazelnut is dominant. It's rather sweet, but not overwhelmingly so.

The palate is toasty and slightly roasty with a ton of hazelnut. Creamy and full-bodied, sweet up front, coffee comes out more in the finish. Ends on a pleasantly dry note. This tastes exactly as advertised: convenience store hazelnut coffee in a strong brown ale. Pretty damn tasty stuff, if you ask me.

Photo of scott2269
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of wells9uk
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

Founders Frangelic Mountain Brown from Founders Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,158 ratings.